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Young People's Literature. A look at the big Names. Dr. Seuss. This American author was born in 1904 as Theodor Seuss Geisel in Massachussets. An artist at heart, he pursued different avenues before being asked to produce children’s books.

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Dr. Seuss

  • This American author was born in 1904 as Theodor Seuss Geisel in Massachussets.
  • An artist at heart, he pursued different avenues before

being asked to produce children’s books.

  • One of his first books, A Cat in the Hat, written in 1957.
  • He created his own writing style, with rimes and

Social consciousness that changed

Children’s books.

robert munsch
Robert Munsch
  • Born in 1945 in Pennsylvania, Munsch says he was not very good in school !
  • He worked in daycare centers, where he started to compose short stories for the kids.
  • After many people suggested he should publish his stories, he finally listened !

This was 1971 !

  • By that time, he had moved to Canada

( Ontario ) to work.


English authorHelen Beatrix Potter (1866 – 1943)

  • Loved animals and wanted to protct the environment
  • Her most famous characters are from the

Peter Rabbit Collection, which we can find in many

young children’s objects ( clothes, room decorations … )

  • Recently, a movie was made about her life and struggles
e b white
E.B. White

A classical American author who wrote

3 children’s books classics :





2 Good Friends

J R R Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings

( 3 books from 1937 to 1955 )

one of the most popular and influential works in 20th-century literature

C.S. Lewis

The Chronicles of Narnia

( 7 books from 1949 to 1954 )

  • In continuous publication since 1954
  • Over 100 million copies in 41 languages.

Alan Alexander Milne

  • Milne is most famous for his Pooh books about a boy named Christopher Robin, after his son, and various characters inspired by his son's stuffed animals, most notably the bear named Winnie-the-Pooh( 1926 ).
  • The name of the character came from a Canadianblack bearnamed Winnie(after Winnipeg), that was used as a military mascot in World War I, and left to London Zoo after the war.
  • E. H. Shepardillustrated the original Pooh books, using his own son's teddy, Growler ("a magnificent bear"), as the model.

Christopher Robin's original toys are now under glass in New York.

  • Ownership of the Pooh Empire passed from A A Milne,
  • to Stephen Slesinger ( a comic strip mogal ) and his family
  • and finally, to the Disney corporation.
Roald Dahl( 1916 – 1990 ) wrote many books that became

popular for your generation (some even were made into movies ! )

The Gremlins ;

James and the Giant Peach ;

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ( Willy Wonka );

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator ;

The Twits ;

Matilda and more …

more big names
More Big Names

L.Frank Baum :

The Wizard of Oz

The Brothers Grimm (1816)

Fairy Tales ( Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood … )


Mark Twain

Charles Dickens : A Christmas Carol

L.M. Montgomery ( a Canadian ):

Anne of Green Gables